A favorite part of my spring college shoots is walking across campus in the late afternoon sun to see what is going on in the engineering department.
Finished with class for the day, students are now huddled in small groups working on projects headed for national competition. All the technical knowledge learned in a year of classroom work is being applied to the construction of things like fire-fighting robots, concrete canoes and self-propelled moon buggies.
The students are working on a deadline and barely note an outsider’s presence. A photographer is free to capture the triumphant smiles among team members when a critical part fits, the disappointed frowns when a switch is flipped and nothing happens.
Walking though the crowded workspaces and looking for that different angle, I’m always impressed with the enthusiasm the engineers bring to their task. Photographing two students pedaling their moon buggy across the school parking lot in the fading light of the evening, I have to wonder what cool, innovative projects these creative people will be working on in the future.